Jeans are an absolute must-have in any man’s wardrobe and have been ever since one Levis Strauss created the first indigo pair way back in the 1800s. But because of their sheer popularity, pretty much any clothing brand you can think of will have their own pairs, no matter the price point.
Gone too, are the days of the regular fit. With everyone wanting to show off their individuality and adjust their look on the whim, there is now a huge variety of fits, from slim to skinny to tapered. And don’t even get us started on the various washes and thicknesses of denim fabric.
With so much choice, buying a pair of jeans can only really be done effectively in person, meaning you need to visit either a dedicated jeans store or a store that stocks a strong selection of denim. Fortunately, Sydney is home to its fair share, and we’ve rounded up the very best, encompassing both individual brands and more generalised stores that stock a range of well-known denim designers.
2/406-410 Crown St, Surry Hills
Sydney’s first A.P.C store was a long time coming and it only took the combined efforts of Incu founders Brian and Vincent Wu to bring it to our shores. A.P.C stocks the most contemporary in men’s fashion including a fine selection of high-quality denim as seen on celebrities around the world. Be prepared to drop a serious wad of cash at this place if you’re a modern purveyor in the streetwear game. Their store also looks the business, designed by Laurent Deroo Architecte in collaboration with Akin Creative.
28 Glenmore Rd, Paddington
Acne Studios stands for Scandinavian minimalism at its finest and Sydney has finally gotten its taste. The brand was originally conceived as a denim label by Jonny Johansson in 1996 but today it has expanded into myriad fashion-forward collections which are inspired with hints of contemporary art and photography. For those looking for pure Scandinavian design in premium quality garments, Acne Studios is the place to hit up.
35 William Street
If you love the look and feel of skinny jeans, Nudie Jeans is the way to go. They actually only specialise in producing skinny jeans, so if that’s up your alley you’ll have a vast array of styles to choose from including Skinny Lin, Long John, and Lean Dean to name a few. Despite the hefty price tags, their jeans are a good investment because each one is made with 100% organic cotton ensuring your legs are still able to move and breathe (something many skinny jeans don’t do). To top it all off, they offer a free repair service for their customers, meaning you’ll never have to part with your perfect pair of jeans ever again.
Brands: Nudie Jeans
72B Fitzroy St, Surry Hills
Since its humble beginnings more than a decade ago, Someplace has fast become a pioneering retailer when it comes to local and international fashion. They believe that artistic creativity is at the very core of producing high-quality fashion. Someplace pays homage to all things Nordic fashion, often housing emerging and established designers from around the world. If you love supporting local denim talent, be sure to keep an eye on this store as each season they select a limited range of stylish wearables and present them in a curated retail environment, similar to that of an art gallery exhibition.
Brands: Dr Denim, The Blue Uniform, Levi’s
77 1/2 George Street
Originally founded in Holland by jean maker Jason Denham (a fitting surname to say the least), Denham has become an icon in the jeans industry with stores all around the world. Upon entering the store you’ll immediately notice the nostalgic European vibes with its floorboards from 1844, square-paned windows and bare piping to hold up the wares. What’s really great about this store is their knowledgeable staff – not only are they obsessed with denim, but they will honestly tell you what looks good on you and what doesn’t. Say goodbye to sales assistants lying to you to make a quick buck. You can always count on these guys to give you the best advice so you look your best.
188 Pitt St, Westfield Sydney
Harrolds is the home of high-end denim amongst a host of other premium menswear. The retail space showcases the finest in international sartorial fare from Tom Ford, Belstaff, Balmain Man, Jacob Cohen and many more from the world’s finest designers.
As extravagant as their items are, it’s important to bear in mind that many of their items aren’t cheap so expect your bank account to take a significant hit as you walk out with nothing but the best.
Brands: Acne Studios Man, Alexander Mcqueen Man, Balenciaga Man, Balmain Man, Brioni, Caruso, Comme Des Garcons Homme Plus, Dries Van Noten Man, Givenchy, Gran Sasso, Harrolds, Lanvin Man, Lardini, Maison Margiela Man, Moncler, Moncler Saint Laurent Paris Man, Stefano Ricci, Strateas.Carlucci, Thom Browne Man, Tom Ford Man, Valentino
Shop 8, The Beach House, 178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Annex, located in sunny Bondi Beach doesn’t just do slick leather wares for men. The crew also stock a small but very cool and unique selection of premium denim for the urban purveyor of style. Think black or cement washed jeans with cool summer vibes in both standard and distressed finishes. More importantly, though, the Annex range promises optimum fit and construction using Turkish fabrics paired with Australian manufacturing.
Brands: The Annex
Neuw Service Store
84 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
When three masterminds of denim get together to open a concept store, it’s time to take a closer look. Born as the brainchild of three labels including Rolla’s, Neuw and Abrand, the concept space allows for customers to peruse through the fine selection of jeans in a cool textiles factory space. Alterations? You got it. The guys have a dedicated in-house seamstress manning the machines on weekends to offer up free alterations for your purchase.
Brands: Rolla’s, Neuw, Abrand
RG19-20, The Galeries, 500 George St
Incu in Sydney has become an establishment for fashion-forward men for well over a decade. Today they’re one of the finest driving forces behind emerging local labels alongside some of the world’s most sought after. Brothers Brian and Vincent Wu have carefully curated their clothes in their stores to ensure simplicity, wearability and practicality speak louder than labels. Their denim range is extensive with Acne Studios, Saturdays NYC, A.P.C and Paul Smith all under one roof.
Brands: Acne Studios, Saturdays NYC, A.P.C, Paul Smith
Shop 1014 Westfield Pitt Street Mall
General Pants is the way to go if you prefer having a wider selection of jeans to choose from. Here you’ll find all kinds of fit – from skinny, slim, straight and relaxed. They even have a huge range of black denim as well if you’re opting to give your legs a slimmer look for the winter. Price range is within the $100 – $200 margin, but their online store has free express delivery for orders over $75 so it should be on your doorstep in no time at all.
Brands: Dr Denim, Insight, Ksubi, Lee, Levi’s, Neuw, Nudie Jeans Co, Rollas, Standard, Wrangler
G16/412-414, MidCity Shopping Centre, George St, Sydney
The iconic Italian brand now lives in Sydney thanks to the standalone Pitt Street store which resides in the equally iconic Strand Arcade. Inside you’ll find the label’s signature rugged denim with all of the sophistication of a Russell & George design. For the gazers, the store even features a centrepiece called the ‘denim temple’, a central concrete sarcophagus clad in glass and gold leaf highlighting the craftsmanship of Diesel products. If it’s luxury denim you’re after this is a definite drop for those in Sydney.